Finally! I can’t believe two weeks has gone by since my last post, but it really has been a busy time. We had a wonderful week of scuba diving in Curacao and man is it hot at the equator in August! There are so many wonderful birds down there on the island including Venezualan Trupial, Yellow Orioles, Brown Pelicans, Brown Footed Boobys, Yellow Warblers and my new favorite island bird, the Bananaquit. These little birds, called “Honey Bears” by the locals, come up to your dining table and try to fly away with sugar packets, drink your orange juice, or scrounge fruit off your plate. We took to feeding them (for photographic purposes, of course!) and as the week progressed we found that a nice piece of watermelon with some raw sugar on top was just the trick for attracting lots of birds. Check out the photos below.
Okay, one more vacation photo, just one more. . . . promise. I couldn’t resist putting this guy on here. My son found this iguana resting in the shade of it’s self-dug hole in the midday heat.
On to my drawing, which I finished today. I really like this one, but like most things I work on, I feel too close to it right now to see it clearly. I am really enjoying developing this body of work, which is surprising to me, as I originally thought of doing perhaps one or two rock drawings.
I’ve already started the layout of the next piece, which will be much larger than the previous drawings in this series. I’ve been keeping them to approximately 9 x 12 inches in size, either horizontally or vertically. I’ve decided to work larger on this particular drawing, and am starting out with dimensions of 15 x 20, although it may change some with the cropping for framing. I going for a more dramatic presence and lighting with the new piece, and I think increasing the scale will help accentuate that.